Everything on permanent residency?

A Canadian permanent resident has the ability to live and work freely across Canada. With some exceptions, all Canadian citizens' rights are respected.

The different programmes

Express Entrance

This program is intended for skilled immigrants who wish to settle permanently in Canada and participate in Canada's economy.

Three immigration programs are administered as part of Express Entry:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program;
  • Canadian Experience Class
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program

Family Sponsorship

You may sponsor certain family members to come to Canada if you are at least 18 years old and meet the following conditions:

  • A Canadian citizen;
  • An individual registered in Canada as an Indian under the Indian Act;
  • A permanent resident in Canada.

We have a number of services under this category, such as: Sponsoring a spouse, common-law partner or dependent child, sponsoring your parents or grandparents, Sponsoring your adopted children.

Atlantic Canadian Immigration Program.

The Atlantic Immigration Program applies to four Atlantic provinces:

  • New Brunswick,
  • Newfoundland and Labrador,
  • Nova Scotia
  • Prince Edward Island

This program is a pathway to permanent residence for foreign graduates from a Canadian institution and skilled foreign workers who wish to live and work in one of the 4 provinces mentioned above.

Provincial nominees.

The program is designed for workers who:

  • Possess the experience, training and skills necessary to contribute to the economy of a given province or territory;
  • would like to reside in that province;
  • Interested in becoming a Canadian permanent resident.

The process depends on the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) component in which you submit an application.

For example, under one component of the program, provinces can aim to:

  • Business people;
  • Students;
  • Semi-skilled workers.
  • Skilled workers;

You may need to apply through a non-Express Entry component, or through the Express Entry.

Choose a province or territory

To be designated by a particular province or territory, you must contact the jurisdiction in question according to the instructions on the site of the selected province or territory.

The criteria vary between jurisdictions and can change without notice.

Note: The province of Quebec does not provide PNP.

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